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My Whole 30 Experience

April 3, 2018

In just 30 days, Whole 30 promises to not only leave you with a refreshed palette but also a new way to think about what you eat. The simple steps? Cutting out dairy, grains, sugar and alcohol.

Back in February Kyle and I did Whole 30. And although the experience was no easy feat, I did learn a few valuable things along the way.

Going cold turkey on your regular eating routine is not as easy as it may sound.  For the first few days I felt great–I had lots of people encouraging me and the change of food did not phase me.  However by the end of the week, all of my meals started to seem as though they were tasteless. I was ready to give up. Pushing forward into the next week, Kyle and I found new recipes and adapted our current favourite recipes to better suit our tasting.  After that, things started to get a bit simpler.  But one thing that was key to the continuing of the process was to never leave the house without snacks.

You never know when a random craving will set it.  And it is not so easy to sneak off for lunch to just pick something up when you need to read every ingredient that is in your meal.  I know, it sounds a tad bit hard core but it was all part of the process.  Some of my favourite snacks include: dried apricots, almonds and blueberry bowls (a combination of blueberries, coconut cream and cinnamon).

Going into Whole 30, I knew I needed a reset in my diet.  It was after the holidays and all I’d eaten for the past couple months was what I want whenever I want.  My mood was more sluggish and I could see my diet reflecting in my everyday. After 30 days of eating whole foods, I could see a dramatic boost in my energy.  The continual bloating I always had was gone.  But now that I could eat whatever I wanted again, what were going to be the next steps? Was I going to throw away this progress?

Having Kyle as my support was so key at this point.  We decided together that we would make a plan moving forward that with our eating habits, we’d eat what was good for our bodies.  That doesn’t mean we now don’t have a glass of wine on weekends or indulge in a dessert on birthdays. This just means we do things in moderation.  After Whole 30 was complete, we slowly started to introduce things back into our diet.  We found out what made us feel good and what left us feeling not so good.

I would recommend doing Whole 30 for anyone that is looking for a restart in their diet.  Some key things I would suggest are 1) finding someone you can do it with/be your support when you are ready to quit, 2) do it for the right reasons and 3) plan your meals ahead. Whole 30 is not a diet to drop a bunch of pounds, its a change in your eating mindset.

If you have any further questions about my Whole 30 process, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me.

xxsare

 

Tie the Knot Tuesday: Not Your Typical Bridesmaid Dresses

December 4, 2017

One very important detail that is not to be overlooked in your wedding planning is what your bridesmaids will wear.  But if you are like me and aren’t exactly into the matchy-matchy, bridesmaid dresses can take a slight bit more coordination (especially if your bridesmaids are split up across the country).  I’ve combined a few tips I’ve learned along the way to putting together a not so typical bridesmaid dress look.

1. Coordinate Colour: Pick various tones of one colour and coordinate your dresses around that.  Just be sure the tones compliment each other.

2. Pick a Theme: Sometimes to coordinate, all it takes is a theme to pull it together.  For example, a bohemian vibe creates an overall feel to pull the combination of dresses together.

3. All the Same Length: Keeping hemlines the same creates a cohesive feel.

4. Choose the Same Designer: Often, designers create collections that already piece together nicely.  Choose a few dresses from one designer and most of the work is already done for you.

5. Communicate: This step is key! If you can’t get all your bridesmaids together as a group to pick their dresses, make sure you are in communication with them before any decisions are made.  Get your bridesmaids to send you photos of their dress options in natural light (that way it remains fairly realistic and consistent across all images). Put these photos into a grid as it allows you get an idea of what the dresses will look like put together.

xxsare

 

 

 

All images via Pinterest.

Tie the Knot Tuesday: Our Engagement Party

November 7, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Kyle and I were able to celebrate our engagement (only 10.5 months late).  The fact of the matter was Kyle and I got engaged in December, a month that was already so packed with birthday and holiday celebrations.  So we left the celebrating until later.  This crisp evening in October was the perfect time.  We gathered our closest friends and family in the Royal Suite at Hotel SK.  A suite that I had only dreamed of stepping foot in one day, I was able to celebrate in.  And of course, we and our guest dressed to the royal occasion.  But lets be honest, who doesn’t love dressing up?

Prior to the party, I had a blast decorating with my friends for the party–sparkly banners, balloons, pretty flowers and a polaroid station were all included.  It was so nice to personalize the space to our preferences.  Although, I must say, with a space so intricate and beautiful, it didn’t take much. The suite, which is probably double the size of my house, filled up quickly with our loved ones.  Later into the evening we had a signature cocktail brought in for our guests.  It was the perfect addition to the classy affair.

It was such a perfect evening and one step closer to our wedding.  It’s hard to believe how quickly time is flying by.  I can’t wait to marry the man of my dreams!

xxsare